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US experiences wettest 12 months period due to heavy rains

The rain that is pouring along the US Midwest and Great Plains has closed refineries, flooded streets and led to problems for the Mississippi River traffic. What is more, there is no sign of that this situation will stop soon, coming to add to the US’s most wet 12-month period ever recorded.

Researchers find wreck of last slave ship off Alabama

Researchers discovered the last ship known to smuggle slaves from Africa to the US in Alabama’s Mobile River, nearly 160 years after it was deliberately sunk, the Alabama Historical Commission announced Wednesday. 

Explaining High Seas Forecasts

NOAA’s High Seas Forecasts are weather forecasts and data transmitted around the world in real- and near-real-time. These forecasts are aiming to make navigation safer, especially considering the fact that for centuries not much could be done to make shipping safe, because of weather unpredictability.

China: No deal has been agreed with the US

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang has declined claims by US President Donald Trump that the two countries had made a deal to stop the trade war. During a Press Conference, Lu Kang mentioned that he is not aware of the deal that the US is talking about. He added that the underlying reason that the 11 rounds of consultations have not managed to conclude on an agreement is that the US attempts to achieve unreasonable demands.

North Korea demands return of seized vessel by the US

North Korea claimed that the seizure of one of its cargo ships by the US was an illegal act that violated the spirit of a summit between the two countries. For this reason it demanded the return of the ship immediately. The US accused the ship of illicit coal shipments, thus violating sanctions and was first detained by Indonesia in April 2018.

Shipping industry worried over recent trade developments

A delegation from the ICS, the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, raised concerns regarding recent increases in protectionist measures. The associations presented two position papers to the WTO, to highlight the importance of the shipping sector fully committing to the preservation and promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world.

Chinese diplomat calls US to enter Belt and Road initiative

The US has every reason to collaborate with China in the Belt and Road Initiative in order to enhance connectivity and jointly mitigate global development issues, according to a senior Chinese diplomat. Chinese Consul General in New York, Huang Ping noted that the BRI could be a point of agreement for China and the US cooperation in addressing development across the world.

US Navy hospital ship to assist Venezuelan refugees

The US will send a hospital ship to assist in the refugee crisis resulting from instability in Venezuela. Namely, at the annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department, Vice President Mike Pence announced the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will deploy to the US Southern Command area of operations next month.

US deploys carrier, bombers as warning to Iran

The US announced that it is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region, as a response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings to Iran. The country also clarified that it is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but it is ‘fully prepared to respond to any attack.

Peruvian and US Governments boost cooperation

The Peruvian Government signed an agreement to boost cooperation with the American Government in terms of maritime research and rescue operations. Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardales and U.S. Ambassador to Peru Krishna R. Urs signed the Agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime and aeronautical SAR and to enhance effectiveness in assisting persons in distress.

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